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Daniel vs. Aureole & Gordon Ramsay

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agaaga Jun 3, 2010 08:15 AM

When I visited NYC this time, I had dinner at Daniel. It was my second time to be there after their renovation. Food was fairly good and service was O.K., but not impressive. At Daniel, there seem to be so many staff but when you need them, they are not around. Perhaps there is some kind of efficiency problem with their system.

On another occasions I had dinner at Aureole and Gordon Ramsay. Both places had a lot less number of staff, but they were very swift, professional, and they were always around when I needed them. Their service was practically flawless.

Although I do not pay too much attention to Michelin stars, I understand Daniel received 3 stars, while Aureole got 1 star and Gordon Ramsay 2 stars. I personally think it should be the other way around. Dinner at Daniel was fairly good, but not memorable at all.

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    Littleman RE: agaaga Jun 3, 2010 08:18 AM

    I have always enjoyed Aureole for lunch and/or dinner. I think it's a wonderful restaurant. We stay at The Pierre quite often. It's fun to dine at Aureole as you can walk back and forth.

    1. ellenost RE: agaaga Jun 3, 2010 01:10 PM

      I had a great dinner at Gordon Ramsay about six months ago. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared, and the service was very attentive and warm. I think I need to schedule another dinner at Gordon Ramsay very soon.

      I've never been a fan of Daniel due to poor service.

      I used to be a regular diner at Aureole, but haven't been back since they moved to their new location.

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        Spiritchaser RE: ellenost Jun 4, 2010 05:39 AM

        Don't want to stray off the subject but ellenost you aren't missing ANYTHING by not going back to Aureole, the new location is soulless, the food uninspired, and the service seemed fake. So disappointed when compared to the old location.

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          ellenost RE: Spiritchaser Jun 4, 2010 06:15 AM

          That's what I was afraid of when I heard that they changed their front of house staff. I much preferred the cuisine by Dante Boccuzzi and Tony Aiazzi. I guess sometimes change isn't for the better after all.

      2. Notorious P.I.G. RE: agaaga Jun 3, 2010 09:29 PM

        Gordon Ramsay is kind of a sleeper in nyc but I've always had really good meals there. Very underrated.

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          drumwine RE: Notorious P.I.G. Jun 4, 2010 03:21 PM

          caveat emptor....had lunch at MAZE a few years ago...everything was over-salted.

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            Notorious P.I.G. RE: drumwine Jun 4, 2010 06:34 PM

            Bummer. I've eaten lunch and dinner there fairly frequently and have never had that problem. Hopefully an off day.

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              drumwine RE: Notorious P.I.G. Jun 4, 2010 10:17 PM

              not about to test that theory...too many other great restaurants.

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                Notorious P.I.G. RE: drumwine Jun 4, 2010 11:05 PM

                Not about to disagree there!

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              agaaga RE: drumwine Jun 6, 2010 01:02 PM

              Had dinner at the 'Restaurant (not Maze)' and it was superb to me! :)

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                Hoc RE: drumwine Feb 15, 2011 05:24 PM

                I did notice that everything was on the salty side when I ate there on Saturday. Not horribly oversalted, but the meal could have lost about 10 percent of the salt and been perfect.

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              porkpa RE: agaaga Feb 16, 2011 06:06 AM

              The new Aureole bears no resemblance to the old one. I have no idea why they made the change, but the new place is terrible compared to the old town house. They also very much miss not having the maitre D Alex in the front of the house. Does anybody know what happened to Alex? Is he working somewhere else?

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                ellenost RE: porkpa Feb 16, 2011 06:49 AM

                Alex was the best! Miss him very much. When I heard that Alex was not going to be part of the "new" Aureole, I decided that I didn't want to be part of the "new" Aureole either. Still haven't been back (and I used to dine at the "old" Aureole about 10 times a year).

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